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Monday, February 1, 2010

Homemade Flour Tortillas


Who knew tortillas would be so easy to make? I was boggled when I googled recipes on the net and found that it consisted of so few ingredients. A lot of them however had shortening or lard. Now I'm not much of a fan of shortening. I have no problem with people using them, it's just a personal preference. Then I found this recipe. Light bulb!!! 

Now I don't have a tortilla press, but it would be nice to invest in one, now that I'll be making them from now on. After turning the dough into small balls I smashed them between the bottoms of two round cake pans then rolled it out using a rolling pin. It's a little more work, but it's definitely worth having fresh made tortillas. Store bought can kick the dust as homemade is in! So what the first thing I made with these delicious tortillas? You'll just have to find out tomorrow. ;) Next on the agenda is to make the corn version.

Makes 6 tortillas



Homemade Flour Tortillas
adapted from cooking mexican recipe


1 c all purpose flour
3/4 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp vegetable oil
1/2 c warm water

In a bowl combine the flour, baking powder, salt. In another small bowl, combine the water and oil.

Slowly mix the water mixture into the flour mixture. Combine well until it forms into a dough ball.

On a light floured clean and flat surface, knead the dough for 4-5 minutes. If the dough begins to stick to the board scrape up the dough and lightly flour the surface again.

Form the dough into a ball and let it rest for 20 minutes covered by a damp towel or paper towel.

Then divide in the 6 equal pieces and form into small balls and let rest for another 10 minutes.

Heat up wide enough pan or cast iron skillet. No oil or butter needed.

If you have a tortilla press, use it to flatten each dough ball. If not, roll out the each dough ball in the thin circular sheet like you would a pizza dough. Use a rolling pin or your hands.

Carefully, place the flatten dough on the heated skillet and cook each side for roughly 3-5 minutes. When it slightly begins to bubble is the signal to flip. You just want it to barely start browning.

Keep the tortilla warm by placing it in a tortilla warmer wrapped in foil.

Best if eaten fresh, but it can be kept in the fridge or freezer for later use.

26 comments:

Jen @ My Kitchen Addiction said...

WOW! I had no idea how to make homemade flour tortillas. If I hadn't read your post, I'd think they were store bought from your pictures. They look incredible!

Sippity Sup said...

This is so cool. I wanna try to make tortillas. GREG

Tasty Eats At Home said...

Great job! I've made flour tortillas once, but now that I can't have wheat flour, I want to make corn. I even have a press (cause they cost all of about $7) but I haven't gotten around to it. You've inspired me!

ValleyWriter said...

Wow - I'm amazed at how simple this seems. I buy tortillas almost every week - I'll have to try out this recipe and save myself some dough!

Tangled Noodle said...

Excellent! Between you with these flour tortillas, and Lori at Fake Food Free showing her corn tortillas, I won't have to buy anymore. Thanks for giving us instructions on making them without a tortilla press, but then again, this is an excellent excuse to buy one!

Maria said...

Great recipe. The tortillas look perfect!

Rebecca said...

Mmmm... I'm imaging how those homemade flour tortillas would make chicken fajitas or fish tacos simply out of this world!

megan said...

I just recently starting making homemade tortillas as well. they're so good aren't they?? definitely a little bit of work though. did you see that williams sonoma has a tortilla press? that's next on my list of kitchen gadgets to get. like you say, totally worth it because I"ll be making my own from now on :)

Diana said...

I'm so impressed! I've yet to even attempt bread let alone tortillas!

Bob said...

Love it! I've been wanting to make tortillas for a while, I have a big bag of masa sitting in my kitchen just waiting.

Bianca @southbay rants n raves said...

I really had NO idea it was that easy! Cool!

lisaiscooking said...

They look great! Can't wait to see how you use them and to see the corn version. Gotta try this.

OysterCulture said...

Sweet! I've only made the corn kind - need to not play favorites!

teresa said...

oh my gosh, i LOVE homemade tortillas! think of all the possibilities now. your brocolli dish below looks fantastic too.

i sent off your silpat last week, will you let me know when you get it? i just want to make sure it makes it to you safe and sounds, thanks!

Heavenly Housewife said...

So cool that you made these, they look wonderful.
*kisses* HH

Andrea@WellnessNotes said...

The tortillas look great! I would have never thought of making them myself. But why not?

doggybloggy said...

if you think these are easy wait till you see how easy corn tortillas are.

The Duo Dishes said...

That's all there is to it? Wow, that's shocking! Looks so easy.

theUngourmet said...

My mom always made homemade flour tortillas when I was a kid. I've done it a few times but mine never look as pretty as yours! Nice!!

dining table said...

I am impressed with this. I once made some but I was not satisfied. I think I have to try this again. Thanks.

pigpigscorner said...

That sounds easy enough! I want to try making some too!

Cinnamon-Girl♥ said...

I love how easy these are! They look perfect!

Victor said...

I'm glad that I found out this blog, your dishes look some good. I am your new fan now.

I never tried homemade tortillas seem so easy to make. Thanks for sharing.

Nutmeg Nanny said...

My friends mom used to make the BEST flour torts in the world! When I watched her make them she would fly through rolling them and putting them on the cast iron flat plate. When I tried to make them at home they tasted the same but I couldn't get them perfectly round to save my life. Wanna know my favorite way to eat them? Heat them up on the stove, get them hot and little browned and then slather them with butter....amazing!

Wall Mirrors Gal said...

I certainly would not have guessed only 5 ingredients make up the flour tortilla. Very cool. I just wondering how successful I will be in pressing them out!

Oak Dining Set said...

I made this at home and so easy. I enjoyed it.

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